Day one of the first of two four-day games between Zimbabwe A and Afghanistan saw a flurry of wickets, and it took the lower middle order of Zimbabwe A to ensure that they gained a first innings lead and ended the day on top.
Put into bat by Zimbabwe A captain Regis Chakabva, Afghanistan lost wickets at regular intervals throughout their innings, at one point losing four wickets for just ten runs in 7 overs. Only three batsmen reached double figures, with Rahmat Shah top scoring with 27.
Tendai Chatara was the pick of the Zimbabwe A bowlers with 5-31 as Afghanistan were bowled out for just 105 in 47.1 overs.
The Zimbabwe A reply started in similar fashion to the Afghan innings, with three wickets falling for only 8 runs in the first six overs. A fourth wicket fell from the first ball of the 9th over with the score on 16, before Zimbabwe A finally started to settle down.
Regis Chakabva and Richmond Mutumbami put on 24 for the fifth wicket, with Chakabva then sharing in a 45 run partnership for the sixth wicket with Luke Jongwe before he was out for 32.
Jongwe took his personal score to 50 not out by the close of play, sharing in a currently unbroken partnership of 60 for the seventh wicket with John Nyumbu. Yamin Ahmadzai has taken 4-48, and Zimbabwe A have ended the day on 135-6.
Zimbabwe A v Afghanistan, Stumps, Day One
Country Club, Harare, 27-30 July
Afghanistan 105 (47.1 overs, T Chatara 5-31)
Zimbabwe A 135-6 (38 overs, Yamin Ahmadzai 4-48)